Showing posts with label rag ropes. Show all posts
Showing posts with label rag ropes. Show all posts

Nov 21, 2011

Primitive Rag Rope Garland



I love doing crafts with fabric. Well that is if not much sewing is involved. I just don't have the patients for like quilting jobs and such. But I can sit and tie a knot. lol.

You just start with a cute fabric, cut it into strips about 6 inches long, inch or two thick. And then sit and tie it into knots along a string of your chosen length. Or sometimes I will even use a string of the same fabric, cut into a desired lenght, to tie them onto. That way it all matches. And that's about all you have to do to make these adorable rag rope garlands.

I do them in fabrics of the season for a holiday look. They always seem to add a touch of country wherever you need it!

They are great for stringing them onto a Primitive Tobacco Stick Tree  like so:
 

I tend to sell a lot of these in my Peddlers Mall Booth around fall and Christmas.

 
Do you have a Peddlers Mall close to you?

If you don't have a Peddlers Mall close, you can always shop their shelves online here.










(note: pic above is not my booth, I was just standing in a various booth throughout the store for pic)

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Nov 17, 2011

PRIMITIVE TOBACCO STICK TREE

My First Tobacco Tree try
The top photo is my first try at a tobacco stick tree and the bottom photo is my second attempt.
My Skinny Tobacco Stick Tree
My Second attempt at making a tobacco tree.

Finding a use for old tobacco sticks is pretty challenging. Yet I love the look of them indoors.
They add a perfect country touch in a primitive style. And they are a great piece to add a stash of light to a dark corner. So I don't mind the challenge.


To make these the first time, (the top pic, wide style,) I drew out a sketch for my husband.  
A basic triangular shape with braces.
I tried to keep the 4 legs of the tobacco stick tree all original sizes and not to cut them.

And after about 20 minutes of him in the garage with the saw and nail gun, this is the first one he brought me.
He said getting nails into the old hardwood sticks was the hardest part, so it's best to use small screws if you can.


I grabbed a 15' piece of grapevine garland.  It looks like this.

And it's already got the twirly affect when you unwind it a bit.
 I just start to run it up and around the Tobacco stick tree like this.

And then continue until you get to the top.
 I am thinking about going back and adding a few more strings of the grapevine garland to fill it in more.

But, don't worry if you don't have any grapevine garland because it is also super cute with with homemade rag ropes , a bit of pip-berry garland and lights of the season.

And I also like them with a small strand of lights.


I call it my tobacco stick tree.

Since making this very first one, I've made many more with a few different options now. I prefer the skinnier ones that are wrapped in grapevine. To see them, click here.
My Skinny Tobacco Stick Tree
This is my second try at making a tobacco stick tree. I prefer it like this. The slim version.

I also figured out these make great uses in the garden also. Like this pic below where I have a cucumber plant underneath and allowing it to grow up a tobacco stick tree.


And anyways, 
I even made one of these tobacco stick trees to go over my tomato plant also.


That's a cute mini tobacco stick chair holding the flower pot of peppers beside it and here's a larger version I made also:
Click for TOBACCO STICK CHAIR

I made these to sell in my Peddlers Mall Booth #555, and have recently been making other items such as:

You may also like these Primitive Crafts:

Primitive Tobacco Stick Grapevine Tree

Tobacco Stick Chair



Americana Tobacco Stick Flag

 

 

 

 

 

 

Primitive Barnwood Tool Box